Honouring the anzacs

John Curtin Gallery director Chris Malcolm.         d439735
John Curtin Gallery director Chris Malcolm.        d439735

The gallery will show a large-scale mural of the historic photograph of the 11th Battalion posing on the great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza.

The mural will be the centrepiece of Curtin University�s Anzac centenary commemorations, running until November 15, called Together, 100 years apart.

The mural has been blown up to a 10m x 6m piece and takes up almost the entire wall of the gallery�s Brodie-Hall Atrium.

The image shows 704 men from the 11th Battalion�s total complement of 1021, assembled at the great Pyramid of Khufu on the morning of Sunday, January 10, 1915.

As of last week, 247 men had either been positively identified or were subject to verification.

WA Genealogical Society (WAGS) 11th Battalion project manager Chris Loudon said the famous image had come to represent the Anzac legend and was part of a much bigger story.

�By identifying the individual members of the 11th Battalion assembled on the pyramid, WAGS is acknowledging the human cost of the Great War, and giving voice not just to the men from the 11th Battalion, but to all Anzacs past and present who have served their country,� he said.

As part of the Curtin University Poppy Project, visitors are invited to make their own poppy flower, which will form part of Curtin University�s Remembrance Day Installation called One Minute.

Call 9266 4155 for more information.